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Milestones: The Singles Collection Calendar by Rachael Clegg


Artist and motorcycle journalist Rachael Clegg's calendar, Milestones: The Singles Collection, is performance art set to a calendar. The daughter and granddaughter of former TT racers, Clegg is deeply serious about her love for the IOM, and her black-and-white images share the history of the Isle of Man TT course through Clegg's unique perspective "I've been going to the IOM TT since I was a child," Clegg says. "It is magical and to this day I get goose pimples each time a bike rushes past me down Bray Hill." Amazing. $35 (approx.).

Lithium-Ion Battery Friendly Voltage Regulators by Rick’s Motorsport Electrics

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Rick's Motorsport Electrics has developed voltage regulator/rectifiers specially calibrated for charging lithium-ion batteries. Designed in partnership with lithium-ion battery specialist Ballistic Performance Components, Rick's lithium-ion-friendly regulators feature a voltage set point of 14 volts (plus or minus 0.2 volts) instead of the standard voltage set point of 14.5-14.7, necessary for long life in lithium-ion batteries. Currently available for 31 different Japanese and Italian applications, with more being introduced regularly. $94.95-$129.95.

WolfPack Navigation Aid


Here's a cool navigation aid: WolfPack, a new app designed to help groups ride together and stay together. Using Google Maps for navigation, the app lets multiple riders tune into the same route while also showing the location of every rider in the group while in motion. Communication to group members is easy with three-tap messaging, sending pre-set messages like "stop for gas" or "I need food." The basic version is free, while the premium version adds multiple features for $5.99/month.

Rollie Free Vincent Now on Display at the National Motorcycle Museum

Rollie Free in his bathing suit

Photo from the Herb Harris Collection.

The actual prototype Vincent Black Lightning ridden by Rollie Free in 1948 across the Bonneville Salt Flats in Wendover, Utah, is now on display at the National Motorcycle Museum in Anamosa, Iowa. If you attend Vintage Rally 2018 on June 23, 2018, you can enjoy a bike show, swap meet, special guests and the Rollie Free Vincent.

The famous and historic "bathing suit bike" will be on loan only until June 30, 2018, so we hope you'll visit soon. It's great to look at up close.

Vincent Black Lightning ridden by Rollie Free

Many consider the image of Rollie Free in his bathing suit riding John Edgar's HRD Vincent one of the most famous motorcycle photographs ever. The story of Rollie tearing off his leathers and deciding to improve his personal streamlining with a bathing suit, bathing cap and tennis shoes is stuff that not even Hollywood can dream up! Vincent enthusiasts will recognize that this is the bike that gave rise to the slogan "The World's Fastest Standard Motorcycle" when it set a land speed record of 150.313 miles per hour.

The machine does not get shown often, mostly at west coast concours. The owner has graciously agreed to loan it out for a display at the National Motorcycle Museum as part of the Museum's current Streamliners exhibition.

Vincent Black Lightning

Vincent Black Lightning

Inside of the National Motorcycle Museum

The National Motorcycle Museum is located in Anamosa, near Cedar Rapids, Iowa. On display are over 480 motorcycles from all parts of the world, board track racers from the golden era of American board track racing and a 1920s service station plus bicycles, pedal cars and thousands of pieces of memorabilia.

Plan your visit to see the John Edgar Vincent at the Museum here.

Outside of the National Motorcycle Museum


Dirt Riding USA display

Dirt Riding USA, presented by J&P Cycles. Fifty great trials, enduro and motocross bikes help trace the 1970s and '80s, glory days of dirt racing and off-road motorcycle design on display for a limited time.

Display of a barn find bike

Barn Find — rusty, dusty and crusty motorcycles and parts, what might live in a barn near you? Come see what we have found and displayed.

Honda CB900 Replica Headlight by EMGO


Vintage motorcycle parts supplier EMGO has revised its classic Honda CB900 replica headlight to make it DOT compliant. Available in chrome or black with chrome trim ring, EMGO's replica Honda headlight is perfect for restoration and custom work and comes complete with a 12-volt, 60/55-watt H4 halogen bulb and wiring pigtail. Suggested retail: $52.95.

Honda CBX Wiring Harness by Randakk’s Cycle Shakk

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Honda specialist Randakk's Cycle Shakk has added seven new wiring harnesses to their growing stock of specialty parts for vintage Hondas, including this main harness for the 1979-1980 Honda CBX. A faithful reproduction of the original, it features correct OEM-style connectors and color-coded wire for easy installation. Harnesses are also available for the Honda CB350 Four, CB400 Four, CB500/CB550 Four and 1972 and 1976 CB750K. $138.68 (CBX).

Royal Enfield Ramps It Up


Proving the company is serious about dominating the mid-capacity market (bikes of roughly 400cc to 750cc), India's Royal Enfield has launched a trio of new machines headed this way. The first of the new machines to roll out was the Himalayan, which was introduced in 2016, an all-new single cast in the adventure bike mold. Sharing nothing with RE's venerable line of singles like the 500cc Classic and the 535cc Continental GT, the Himalayan is a clean-sheet design. Starting is electric only and the engine, a 24.5 horsepower 411cc single and RE's first overhead cam design, features unit construction and a 5-speed transmission. Fuel injection and electronic ignition are featured, along with disc brakes front and rear. Expected to sell for around $4,500 when it finally goes on sale here in the U.S. in mid-2018, the Himalayan represents a serious challenge to many of the Asian lightweights and an excellent option to the popular but huge and heavy liter-plus adventure bikes from BMW and others.


Royal Enfield stirred things up even more at last November's 2017 EICMA Motorcycle Show in Milan, Italy, where it introduced a pair of new twins, the Interceptor 650 and the Continental GT 650. Variations on the same theme, both bikes are powered by yet another clean sheet design from RE, this time a 47 horsepower air/oil-cooled 648cc overhead cam 4-valve per cylinder twin. Designed to look like a traditional pushrod engine, the new twin even features cylinder finning to further evoke an image of days gone by. Fuel injected and electronically sparked, the new engine features a 6-speed transmission with a slip-assist clutch, a first for RE. Designed in RE's U.K. tech center, both bikes harken back to a British past, but using modern technology. The Interceptor — a name last used by RE England back in the '60s on its big twin — is a standard-style machine cut much in the mold of a Hinckley Triumph Bonneville T100. The Continental GT650, on the other hand, is the café racer of the pair, a hip-looking machine with styling cues pulled from the current single-cylinder Continental GT. Frankly, we think both bikes look fantastic and we can't wait for the opportunity to swing a leg over one. Expect both machines to be priced somewhere in the $5,500 to $7,500 range.

Now the world's largest volume manufacturer of two-wheelers, RE is aiming for a production capacity of 900,000 motorcycles in 2018. Fully 96 percent of RE sales are in India, making the U.S. and other overseas markets, still poorly served in terms of mid-capacity bikes, potentially huge hunting grounds.